Annual Conference of China City Planning 2012 & First Meeting of Second Editorial Board of China City Planning Review Held in Kunming
On Oct. 17, 2012, the Annual Conference of China City Planning 2012 that was co-hosted by Urban Planning Society of China (UPSC) and Kunming Municipal Government, in collaboration with the Department of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of Yunnan, and sponsored by Kunming Planning Bureau was launched in Yunnan Convention Center, with the theme of “Diversity and Inclusiveness” WANG Guangtao, Chairman of Environment Protection and Resources Conservation Committee of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China, QIU Baoxing, Vice Minister of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, ZOU Deci, JIANG Yi, and WANG Rusong, Members of Chinese Academy of Engineering, and ZHANG Zulin, Mayor of Kunming attended the opening ceremony of the conference.
Mayor ZHANG Zulin, LIU Xingping, Vice President of China Association for Science and Technology, and Ismael Fernandez Mejia, Former President of International Society of City and Regional Planners, made the opening remarks. In the opening ceremony, the UPSC presented the National Excellent Planning Technician Award, the Outstanding UPSC Member Award, the Excellent Organization and Suggestion Award, and the Award of Excellent Thesis of the Truth Seeking Theory Forum to related representatives. Well-known experts and scholars from the fields of resources and environment, planning and architecture, social and economic development, and heritage conservation brought high-level multi-disciplinary academic reports to the conference.
WANG Guangtao, QIU Baoxing, JIANG Yi, Member of Chinese Academy of Engineering and Professor of Tsinghua University, WANG Rusong, Member of Chinese Academy of Engineering and Researcher at Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences of Chinese Academy of Sciences, LI Xiaojiang, Vice President of UPSC and President of China Academy of Urban Planning and Design, Hok Lin Leung, Emeritus Council Member of UPSC and Director of School of Urban and Regional Planning of Queen’s University, GUO Zhan, Vice Chairman of International Council on Monuments and Sites and Vice Chairman and Secretary-general of Chinese Commission for the International Council on Monuments and Sites, SHENG Hong, Head of Beijing Unirule Institute of Economics and Professor of the Center for Economic Research of Shandong University, ZHAI Zhenwu, Executive Vice President of China Population Association and Director of College of Society and Population of Remin University of China, and ZHAO Yanjing, Council Member of UPSC and Head of Xiamen Planning Bureau, delivered keynote reports with titles of “Boosting Eco City (Town) Construction Under the Guidance of Law,” “Conditions and Missions for China’s Construction of Low-carbon Eco City,” “Development Condition of and Methods for Realizing Building Energy Efficiency s in China,” “City Complex Ecology and Ecological Infrastructures,” “Tolerance and Understanding: Concerns to Irregular Phenomenon in City,” “Old Concepts and New Environment: Universal Value,” “Cultural Differences and Integration Between China and Abroad from the Perspective of World Heritage,” “Realizing Urbanization via Marketization,” “Floating Population and Urbanization in China,” and “Several Fundamental Problems of Urbanization” respectively. All of these high-quality and interdisciplinary academic reports respond to the theme of this conference from different angles.
The annual conference was composed of plenary meeting, featured meeting, free forum, special forum, and professional investigation. There were 37 parallel meetings in total, in which 15 were featured meetings, nine free forums, six special forums, four high-end forums, and three work meetings. Over 3,800 people from related areas attended the conference, who carried out academic discussions on aspects including city master planning, regional planning and research, city culture and city vigor, etc. Topics like urbanization, regional coordination, diversified and inclusive development of cultures and histories, harmony between economic growth and ecological environment, and construction of low-carbon eco cities were heated topics attract people’s attentions at the conference.
Meanwhile, the first meeting of the second editorial board of China City Planning Review (CCPR) was also held in Kunming Convention Center on Oct. 18, 2012. MAO Qizhi, Executive Associate Chief Editor of CCPR, hosted the meeting, and ZOU Deci, Chief Editor, SHI Nan, Associate Chief Editor, and HOU Li, Hok Lin Leung, LIU Jian, LIU Jiayan, LUO Zhendong, LÜ Bin, TANG Yan, WU Gang, ZHOU Guoyan, members of the editorial board, attended the meeting. At the beginning of the meeting, Professor MAO Qizhi expressed the appreciation for the hard work of the first editorial board on behalf of the journal, then announced the list of the new editorial board, including consultant editorial board members: LI Dehua, Hok-Lin Leung, WU Liangyong, Anthony G. O. Yeh, ZHOU Ganzhi, ZHOU Yixing, ZOU Deci, and editorial board members: GONG Qingyu, HOU Li, LIANG Jiang, LIU Jian, LIU Jiayan, LUO Zhendong, LÜ Bin, MAO Qizhi, SHI Nan, SUN Shiwen, TANG Yan, WU Fulong, WU Gang, WU Zhiqiang, YAN Xiaopei, YIN Zhi, ZHANG Ming, ZHANG Tingwei, ZHOU Guoyan, and ZHOU Jiangping. Mr. ZOU Deci, Chief Editor of CCPR presented the certificates to the members who attended the meeting.
Ms. LIU Jian, Director of Editorial Department of CCPR, gave summary report on the work of the editorial department during the first editorial board. She pointed out that since its establishment, CCPR has been constantly adhering to the principle of being “a platform for academic communication between Chinese and foreign scholars, a window demonstrating China’s achievements on city construction, and a way for foreign readers to understand Chinese cities,” and been insisting on “priority to academic studies.” The journal has been endeavored into reporting the latest development on theoretical research and practices in the field of urban planning in China, and has fostered a group of high-level writers to the journal, which brought remarkable academic reputations among both domestic and foreign scholars who are concerned about the issue of urbanization in China. At the same time, the journal still faces a series of challenges and difficulties, such as how to get the access to more high-quality English papers and papers submitted from overseas, and how to further raise the journal’s popularity, all of which demand for a common effort from people related. After her speech, other members of the editorial board who attended the meeting shared their opinions and suggestions on the future development of the journal, like how to gain wider recognitions from related institutions in the field, how to improve the structure and content of the journal, and how to expand the distribution and promote the influence of journal.
At the end of the meeting, Mr. ZOU Deci, Chief Editor of CCPR, summarized the meeting. He indicated that CCPR should maintain its uniqueness as the only English journal on China’s city planning. The quality of the contents should be promoted continuously. The new editorial board should actively perform their duties by reviewing submitted papers, putting forward suggestions, and recommending papers. And the editorial department should play the role in serving and coordinating related works, so as to bring the development of the journal to a new level.